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Our Hard Surface Restoration Services Greatly Improved the Appearance of This Ceramic Tile Shower in Ewing, NJ

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June 11, 2019

Homes inevitably deteriorate over time, so keeping an eye on any sign of deterioration can prevent unnecessary expenses. However, signs of decay aren't always visible to the naked eye, especially on tile surfaces, because most of the damage happens beneath the tiles. Damp places like showers are more prone to water damage because they're constantly exposed to moisture. Unfortunately, water damage is exactly what affected a couple in Ewing. What they initially thought to be a problem they could easily solve with a thorough cleaning turned out to be far worse than they expected.

Before and After Picture of a Ceramic Tile Shower After Our Hard Surface Restoration Services in Ewing, NJ
After moving to a vintage house in Ewing, NJ, the newlywed couple noticed the surfaces on the master shower needed some work. The tiles were dirty and the grout was discolored. They had initially planned to have these surfaces restored by professionals, but they soon found themselves immersed in their busy, daily routines. Over time, the couple tried cleaning the shower's surfaces with different store-bought products. One day during a cleaning session they noticed the shower's fixtures were peeled and cracked. In fact, some of the tiles surrounding the bathtub had come loose. That's when they realized they needed professional help. The homeowners went online and searched for hard surface restoration services in Ewing, NJ and found our website in the top results. After watching some video testimonials from satisfied customers, they decided to fill out the form at the bottom to request a free evaluation and a quote.

On the day of the appointment, we arrived at the couple's house to inspect the surface. We noticed some of the tiles were missing, so we asked the homeowners how that had happened. They told us they were cleaning one day and while scrubbing, the tiles had come loose. We looked closely at the area where the tile had been removed and discovered that there were many other loose tiles. By the looks of it, the fixtures no longer held the tiles together and allowed water to seep in beneath the surface. On top of that, the caulk surrounding the bathtub was severely damaged and needed to be replaced. Other than that, the grout lines on the shower's walls were dirty and needed some work.

Luckily, the customers had called just in time to avoid severe water damage. They got away with just damaged fixtures that could be easily replaced. With this in mind, we offered the customers a three-step procedure that would guarantee their shower remained in good shape for days to come. First, we would thoroughly clean the shower's surfaces to remove the dirt. Next, we would scrape out the remaining grout and damage caulk on the areas surrounding the bathtub to replace them with our proprietary product. For the final step, we would seal the shower's surfaces with Tile Armor, our flagship sealant. Feeling confident in our ability to restore the shower, the homeowners agreed to the service.

The next day, we went back to the client's home to perform the service. We began the three-step procedure by cleaning the shower's walls using a pH-neutral cleaner and a high-speed scrubber. Not only did the cleaner help remove the dirt from the tiles and grout lines, it also coated them with agents that keep them protected from mold and other harmful microorganisms for an extended period of time after it has been applied. Next, we scraped out the remaining grout and the caulk from the areas surrounding the tub. Once we made sure the area was clean and free from any residue, we re-grouted the tiles in place and the bathtub's joints with our proprietary product. This is an epoxy-based product that's specially made for areas which are constantly exposed to moisture. Its non-porous structure protects the fixtures from water, soap, mold, mildew, and many other external agents.

Before and After Picture of a Ceramic Tile Shower Wall After Our Hard Surface Restoration Services in Ewing, NJ
When we finished replacing the damaged fixtures, we moved on to the final step, the sealing procedure. To do this, we coated the shower's walls with Tile Armor, our flagship sealant. This is an impregnating sealant that keeps tile and grout protected from external agents. This extra layer of protection helps avoid leaks or any other problems caused by moisture.

After we finished the procedure, we let the homeowner see the results. They were amazed at how their bathroom looked. They said that thanks to our top-of-the-line restoration procedures, they no longer feared costly repairs. They thanked us and said they would recommend our services to anyone in need of hard surface restoration.

Proper maintenance goes a long way to preserve hard surfaces. For this reason, we gave the couple some maintenance tips to help them preserve the shower's current state. First, we advised them to stop using over-the-counter products on their shower's surfaces. These products tend to contain soap or abrasive agents that can harm tile and grout. The best way to avoid damaging the surfaces is by using a pH-neutral cleaner like Sir Grout's Natural Hard Surface Cleaner. This cleaner doesn't leave residue behind nor eats away at the grout lines like other cleaners. Second, we suggested keeping the shower dry and properly ventilated. Excess moisture is exactly what caused problems in the couple's shower, so it's best to wipe away excess water after every shower to ensure it doesn't happen again.

To request our hard surface restoration services in Ewing or nearby areas, call us at (732) 551-3737 or fill out the "Request a Quote" form on this page. Don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter to keep up with our latest news and promotions.

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